Your veneers are officially in place and you have one flawless, beautiful smile. Going forward, it’s important to remember that your smile won’t stay that way if you don’t take proper care of your veneers. Durable as they are, your porcelain veneers won’t last for as long as the 10 to 15 years they’re intended to without proper care and maintenance. Listed below are a few tips to help make sure that you enjoy your porcelain veneers for many years to come:
Take proper care of your teeth. Proper oral hygiene will not only prolong the life of your veneers, but will also minimize the chances of dental complications. Brush for two minutes twice a day, floss once and rinse with mouthwash.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. While porcelain veneers are certainly durable, they can still be damaged if you use hard-bristled toothbrushes. Ask your dentist to recommend a good toothpaste that doesn’t contain harsh abrasives that may also potentially damage your veneers.
Visit your dentist frequently. Going to the dentist regularly helps make sure that your veneers and oral health are properly monitored, of which can go a long way in prolonging the life of your veneers.
Abstain from chewing on hard objects. Already a bad habit, you may want to stay away from chewing on hard objects to avoid damaging your veneers. The same goes for grinding and clenching your teeth.
Stay away from stain-causing food. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, but your teeth and the adhesive used to keep veneers attached are not.
To learn more about veneer maintenance, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.